|Season 11, Episode 20|
|Air date||September 7, 2019 (Malaysia)|
September 23, 2019 (Australia)
October 11, 2019 (Canada)
December 28, 2019 (US)
|Written by||Bragi Schut|
|Directed by||Daniel Ife|
"The Absolute Worst"
"The Traveler's Tree"
The Message is the twentieth episode of the eleventh season of Ninjago and the 118th episode overall. It aired in Malaysia on September 7, 2019, on September 23, 2019 in Australia, and on October 11, 2019 in Canada. It also aired in the United States on December 28, 2019, paired up with "The Traveler's Tree." However, in most other countries, this episode was paired up with "The Absolute Worst."
Extended: Lloyd and his new wolf-companion, "Red", continue their trek across the ice and make their way into a foggy area of boulders where Red seems to sense a threat. Moments later, they are attacked by a deadly aerial predator called a Banshee! A harrowing fight ensues and Lloyd and Red escape into a cave where Lloyd discovers his Zane's mech! He realizes: Zane was inside this cave! He also finds a message from Zane that tells him Zane was attempting to repair the mech by linking himself to the mech's diagnostic computer. Lloyd picks up where Zane left off, repairs the mech, and exits the cave, to again confront (and this time, defeat!) the deadly Banshee. Lloyd and Red resume their trek to the Ice Emperor's Castle to rescue Zane.
Cole tells a few young children about Zane and Aspheera using puppets he had made from paper and sticks, resulting in one child fainting while the rest flee from the room, screaming. Cole complains to Kai, Nya, and Jay about what had happened, to which Nya reminds him that their adventures did not seem to be appropriate for the children. Suddenly, Uthaug comes up to them, holding a piece of green cloth, which
they found out it's from Lloyd before they soon state that he is now alone and that they cannot help him.
Meanwhile, Lloyd discloses to the wolf (whom he later nicknames 'Red') about what he had been through regarding his father. As the wolf scales a rock nearby, Lloyd remarks that it was nice to get his insecurities off his chest despite the fact that the two had only just met awhile earlier.
He hears the tracker of the Titan Mech beeping again, and takes it out, noting that it is close by. Lloyd and the wolf then run in the direction marked by the tracker. The scene then cuts to Lloyd and the wolf continuing to follow the tracker, when they reach a canyon.
At first, the wolf is scared to traverse the dangerous landscape, but Lloyd manages to persuade her. As the two ventured further, they are met and attacked by an Ice bird. Lloyd and the wolf try to defend themselves, but soon find that they are cornered. They manage to find an Ice Cave to hide in but had damaged the tracker in the progress.
He soon notices a figure further into the cave, only to find that it is the mech before looking around to see some camping resources, and then sees a screen before activating it with jump cables connected to a battery. It plays a message from Zane, who states that he doesn't know how many days it has been since he was banished to the Never-Realm while also relaying that during his time, he had been repairing the mech, but was unable to finish, and had given up hope on ever being rescued. He soon asks the viewer to relay the message and tells P.I.X.A.L. that he loves her. Lloyd is saddened by the message, but comes to himself, promising to finish what his friend started.
He decides to fix the mech using his Elemental Powers, then goes outside to defeat the Ice bird, scaring the wolf in the process before he managed to persuade it to join him on the mech. After that, he sets out to find Zane.
- Boma - Sam Vincent
- Cole - Kirby Morrow
- Jay - Michael Adamthwaite
- Kai - Vincent Tong
- Lloyd Garmadon - Sam Vincent
- Nya - Kelly Metzger
- Uthaug - Vincent Tong
- Zane - Brent Miller
For the transcript of the episode, click here.
- Narrator: Zane
- In most countries, it was paired up with "The Absolute Worst."
- Cole saying his story is appropriate for kids aged "5 to 13" is a reference to Ninjago's target demographic.
- Zane's death music from "The Titanium Ninja" and "Dead Man's Squall" returns.
- Sorla is seen in the episode but does not speak.
- The music that is played in the credits is the same as the one played during Akita's monologue in "The Never-Realm."
- The Titan Mech is fixed in this episode.
- This marks the first time Dr. Julien's name is mentioned in the series.
For the gallery of the episode, click here.